(Conversations with Offices of Rep Kline and Sen Alexander.)
HR 5 is the House version of the No Child Left Behind rewrite.
We subsequently spoke with Sen. Lamar Alexander's office.
The Every Child Achieves Act (601 pages) is the Senate version of HR 5. Click on following link for Senate version:
Alexander's office said the portability Title 1 backpack is NOT in the senate version "at this time".
It will be brought in as an amendment when it reaches the floor of the committee.
They are not sure of a vote date, but are ideally hoping for sometime in May. This is the Senate leader's (Alexander's) "top priority".
After the Senate votes and passes its version of the bill, it then goes to the House to "reconcile" the language differences. Once the language is reconciled, a vote takes place in the House by all House of Rep. members.
After the House passes the reconciled bill, the bill then goes to the full Senate for a vote by all its members.
FINITO...one way or the other.
The place to go to for checking on the status of the Senate bill is US Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, & Pensions: Home
PLEASE KEEP EMAILING AND CALLING !